Mrs Els de Wind > Van Doorne > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

Van Doorne
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Work Department

Employment, Outsourcing, ICT, Privacy, Financial Institutions


Trusted advisor and seasoned employment lawyer with focus on corporate employment law and international employment law, HR regulatory, governance, industrial relations (works councils and unions), employee privacy and executive departures.


Over 35 years of experience. Has held major international roles including Global Head of Employment PwC, Chair International Bar’s (IBA) Employment and Industrial Relations Committee and Co-Chair European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA). Currently Co-Chair of the IBA Global Employment Institute. Member of the Editorial Board of the recently launched International Employment Lawyer, a platform for timely reporting and analysis of the latest news and trends affecting the management of global workforces. Regular moderator and speaker at conferences, member of various think tanks on international and cross-border employment law. Teaches courses, writes articles and book contributions. Gained vast management experience in other management roles. High profile and good reputation in the Dutch, European and global markets.


Dutch, English, French, German.


IBA, ABA, XBHR, EELA and the Dutch employment law associations


Law degree, Nijmegen University, 1983. Certificates Private International Law and Public International Law, Hague Academy for International Law, 1983. LLM International and Comparative Law, VUB (Free University Brussels), 1984.

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Employment

(Leading individuals)

Els de WindVan Doorne

Van Doorne has noted expertise in pension fund transactions and pensions litigation, cross-border employment law, as well as restructurings and M&A-related employment matters. Els de Wind has 35 years of experience in employment matters and litigation. She jointly leads the practice with the ‘pragmatic and solution-orientedMarjolijn Lips, who focuses on the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) matters, flexible workforce issues and outsourcing in the TMT sector. Senior associate Steven Sterk focuses on the healthcare and life sciences sector. Cara Pronk, who is also a senior associate, handles European and international employment law.

Netherlands > Industry focus: retail

The retail and consumer goods group at Van Doorne has a broad workload, with a particularly notable focus on corporate and M&A, and joint ventures. It is also well regarded for insolvency and restructuring, IP, privacy, and EU and competition law. Practice head Lisette Bieleveld is adept at handling commercial contract litigation, frequently with an international angle. Onno Boerstra advises Dutch and foreign companies, private equity funds and other investors on cross-border transactions. Els de Wind is a key name for employment matters.